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Union, Benton to begin playoffs next Friday

By Vinton Today · October 21st, 2018
Union will travel to Waukon on Friday, as the 2018 Iowa High School football post-season begins. Meanwhile, Benton Community will host Greene County. Union went to West Marshall last night, hoping for a win and an outright Class 2A, District 2 championshiop. But the 26-16 loss to the Trojans means that Union, Benton and West Marshall will share the district title and automatic playoff berths.

Vinton-Shellsburg wraps up its football season at Benton Community, playing a Bocat team that still hopes to at least share the Class 2A District 7 title. The Vikings (0-8) will play the Bobcats in Van Horne. Benton is 7-1 overall and 3-1 in district play, one game behind Union, which is 4-0 in district play.

VS freshman Fett earns trip to State Cross Country Meet

By Vinton Today · October 19th, 2018
After finishing third at the WaMaC Conference cross country meet last week, Vinton-Shellsburg freshman Kay Fett earned a spot in the Class 3A State Cross Country Meet with a 4th place finish in the state qualifying meet at West Delaware Thursday evening. Coach Jeff Mangold says Kay's success is a combination of talent and hard work.

On to State: Area athletes advance in Special Olympic bowling

By Vinton Today · October 19th, 2018
Several local Special Olympics athletes competed at the East Central Special Olympics Regional Bowling competition on Tuesday, and a few of them advanced to the State contest by finishing first in their division. All first place finishers earned the chance to compete Nov. 17, at Westdale Bowling Center in Cedar Rapids.

While only seen in public for a couple of hours on a few Friday nights, the Vinton-Shellsburg High School cheerleaders have each spent nearly 200 hours this season (including activities during the summer) in practices, clinics (including one in Ames), bus rides, community service activities such as the Step Up For Down Syndrome Walk.

Senior Night, for high school sports teams, is often a chance to honor players for contributions to the team that may not show up on the scoreboard or stat sheets. It's an opportunity to recognize the effort a player brings to practice and the way that player inspires others by their loyalty, determination and desire.

Knights dominate in homecoming victory over Roland Story 44-8

By Valerie Close · October 16th, 2018
Union Community inducted the 3A State Championship football team into the school's hall of fame and the football team performance was nothing short of dominating. Roland Story struggled due to Union's stingy defense and had zero first downs at halftime and only three in the entire game.

Union leads into final game for 2A District 7

By Valerie Close · October 16th, 2018
Union heads into final game for 2A District 7 championship on the road at highly ranked West Marshall. Union defeated Nevada on Senior Night 23-20 as Nevada scored late on a hitch and pitch play to close the game to one score with less than one minute left in the fourth quarter. The Knights were led on offensive by senior captain Kaleb Roach and junior Brayden Grosse.

VSU Conference Swim Meet Saturday

By Valerie Close · October 16th, 2018
Results from the North Central Iowa Swim Conference Meet in Grinnell are attached - photos to come later today. VSU did well - placing 4th among 7 strong teams. Many girls had their best times of the season or very close to it. Arabella Shepard had a great day - winning both her individual events of the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke (events she has qualified to swim at State on Nov 2).

LAUREN UPMEYER WINS TWO GOLD MEDALS AT IOWA GAMES

By Vinton Today · October 16th, 2018
Lauren Upmeyer had a great day at the Iowa Games at Iowa State University. A few months after advancing to the State Track Meet in shot put during the high school track season, Lauren, the daughter of Eric and Patty Upmeyer, earned a Gold Medal in the shot put, winning first with a throw of 35’4 1/2.

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